News by ‘Dianne Jacobs’

YouTube to Remove 30-Second Unskippable Advertisements

youtube Google is planning to abolish those 30-second non-skippable ads next year according to Slash Gear. However, YouTube will have to find another way to please the advertisers. Users with  complete interest in ad free YouTube experience can opt for a subscription to YouTube Red, which cuts...

WhatsApp is the latest Facebook product to clone Snapchat stories

whatsapp WhatsApp has launched  WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. It’s another Facebook-owned Snapchat Stories copycat, but the twist is that it’s end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp messaging. As on Snapchat, WhatsApp stories are posted from an...

Google’s AI Duet lets you make music with a virtual pianist

AI Google’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is a music-playing piano bot that digests whatever keyboard melodies you give it and tries to respond in kind. The neat tool is called Artificial Intelligence Duet, and it’s part of an ongoing push from Google’s Creative Lab division to...

Chinese tech giant Baidu bets on AI and virtual reality

Several tech giants and visionaries  have been rallying around artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented and virtual realities (AR/VR) as the next big developments in technology. The Chinese online search giant Baidu Inc embarked on this strategy as it announced its first venture capital firm focusing...

Apple suspends sales of its new LG 5K monitor

Apple has reportedly halted sales of LG’s 5K monitor following well-publicised interference issues with the display, which is affected by being in close proximity to Wi-Fi routers. According to Business Insider, the UltraFine 5K Display is no longer being sold in Apple stores – while...

Apple’s next iPhone may come with wireless charging

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that Apple is developing wireless charging features for three new iPhones coming in 2017. Apple is reportedly working on over-the-air charging, a function that would allow a device to charge without needing to be directly connected to anything. The company...

Google Assistant on the Pixel can now control your smart home devices

Google is rolling out a new voice-controlled hub in Pixel phones so you can manage your smart home devices straight from Google Assistant reports The Verge. The search giant appears to be rolling out a “Home control” center in the Google Assistant settings, from which...

Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone could cost over $1,000

Apple Apple is expected to debut an ultra high-end version of the iPhone alongside its next scheduled update to mark its 10 years of metal and glass slabs. According to a report from Fast Company, Tim Cook and company will likely roll out three new phones...

The state of internet connectivity around the world

The internet is becoming more accessible. The price of mobile service is falling, with developing countries seeing costs fall by between 15% and 25% from 2013 to 2014. But service still remains more expensive for developing and least developed countries when looking at the cost...

Facebook ’s New Feature; Discover People, Helps users get social

facebook Facebook has always made it easy to find friends you already have in real life who are on the social network. To enable users connect with new users, Facebook is rolling out a new feature called “Discover People,” which  aims to leverage local events to...